Bibury is a village and civil parish in Gloucestershire, England. It is situated on the River Coln, about 6.5 miles (10.5 km) northeast of Cirencester. In the Domesday Book, the place is named Becheberie, and it is recorded that the lands and church in Bibury were held by St Mary’s Priory at Worcester, from whom it passed in 1130 to the Abbey of Osney, near Oxford they continued to hold it until the dissolution of the abbey in 1540.
The Church of England parish church of Saint Mary is Saxon with altar additions. From AD 1130 until the English Reformation, it was a peculier of Osney Abbey in Oxford.Adjacent to the church is the village primary school whose building was originally built in the 1850s. The school currently has around 30 pupils in 2 classes. On the Arlington (west) side of the village is Arlington Baptist Church, where a congregation has been meeting since the 1740s.
The artist and craftsman William Morris called Bibury “the most beautiful village in England” when he visited it.Its honey-coloured 17th century stone cottages with steeply pitched roofs once housed weavers who supplied cloth for fulling at nearby Arlington Mill. The picturesque Arlington Row cottages were built in 1380 as a monastic wool store. This was converted into a row of weavers’ cottages in the 17th century. The cloth produced there was sent to Arlington Mill. Arlington Row is probably one of the most photographed Cotswold scenes (see opposite), and was preserved by the Royal College of Arts. It has been used as a film and TV location — most notably for Stardust and Bridget Jones Diary.